Welcome Class of 2018!

We look forward to meeting you when you arrive on campus and ushering you into the Fall 2014 semester!

Orientation will make your transition to Boston University easy. We’ll introduce you to the campus community & resources and ensure that you are properly advised & registered for your classes.

To prepare for University Orientation and registration as a new student in the College of Arts & Sciences, you need to complete the following steps:

  • Establish a BU Email through Information Technology. This must be completed before attending University Orientation.
  • Register for an Orientation session at http://www.bu.edu/orientation.
  • See below to determine if you should take a Language online placement exam.
  • Familiarize yourself with the College of Arts & Sciences curriculum with the CAS Guide to First Year Registration found at http://www.bu.edu/casadvising/forms
  • Complete the Housing Interest Survey if you have not already done so.  The sooner Housing information is submitted, the more likely you are to receive your first choice room assignment.


If you are continuing study in ChineseGermanHebrew, or Japanese, please see instructions for the on-line placement tests here: http://www.bu.edu/mlcl/academics/placement-tests-transfer-credit-ap/

If you are continuing study in FrenchItalianPortuguese, or Spanish, please seen instructions for the online placement tests here: http://www.bu.edu/rs/undergraduate-languages-literatures-and-linguistics/placement-test-information

These are not the only languages we offer!  The above languages have online placement exams, but all other languages will have placement exams during the first week of classes in September.  In addition to the languages listed above, Boston University also offers: Arabic, American Sign Language, Amharic, Greek (both ancient & modern), Hindi-Urdu, Hausa, Xhosa, Korean, Latin, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Wolof, and Zulu.

Please check with the Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, the Department of Romance Studies, the Department of Classical Studies, or the African Studies Department for placement exam times and locations.



Did we mention you should get excited?

The College of Arts & Sciences is not only the biggest and broadest undergraduate college at BU, we also happen to think we are the best.  Here are some reasons you should be particularly excited about being a first year student in CAS:

  • The CAS First Year Reception. A favorite tradition among students is the CAS First Year Reception. This year, the event will be held on Wednesday, September 18th in the GSU Metcalf Ballroom. Mark your calendars!
  • You can enroll in FY101. FY101 is 1-credit, Pass/Fail course that has been designed to assist in your transition into the BU community and acquaint you with the people and resources that will help provide a richer and fuller college experience.
  • You can participate in CoreThe CAS Core is an interdisciplinary learning community for students who place a high value on liberal education, intellectual friendship, and close contact with faculty.


As you can see, there is much to look forward to! In the meantime, make sure to follow CAS on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop.

Welcome to BU!